Yes it's a type of french braid. A french braid refers to adding hair to the strands you are braiding each time you cross them over, both left and right sides.
It can also be a running braid but alas it is not. A a running braid refers to a tight braid along the crest that you only add mane on the top so it hangs down a little off the crest (which can vary depending on breed standards or the horse but mostly the person braiding it)
Running braid. See the difference? In the running braid I added hair only to the right strand when I crossed it under since this is a "dutch " or underhand braid. It can be tight to the crest too but this one was not and was the only example close up.
However since yesterdays braid was not your traditional french, dutch or otherwise three strand braid it only has to be...
A diamond braid or four strand round braid.
Difficult to do on four strings alone with the added difficulty of adding extra hair to put it into a mane. It takes me almost twice as long to do this compared to a regular three strand.
Lets just say Indigo is the most patient horse ever.
Really, no more pictures.
Please. No more.
FINE! One last one.
Note at this point I was standing about 15 feet away as Indigo stood in the driveway with no one holding her. She tried oh so hard to resist sneaking over to the grass. Telephoto lenses, good most of the time.
Of course it would not be complete without doing the tail too!
Why what a nice spotty bum you have there girl.
And a view from the side, much different from your regular three strand french braid in the tail.
So there you have it, a new braid to the braids in a horses mane and tail collection. What will I whip up next? Well it involves five strands and my hand cramped a lot today after I was done.